Fiery Maher on Ahmed Mohamed Incident: 'It Looked Exactly Like a Bomb...'
Warning: the video contains profanity.
The treatment of a Muslim student by a Texas school and local police officers caused an outcry from many on the left, who saw it as a case of Islamophobia.
When Ahmed Mohamed, a ninth grader at MacArthur High School in Irving, brought a homemade clock to school, it was mistaken for a bomb by teachers.
Mohamed was handcuffed and questioned by police after bringing in the clock to show it off to his engineering teacher. No charges were filed.
Among those who rallied to Mohamed's defense was President Obama, who tweeted, "Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."
Bill Maher discussed the incident on his show Friday night, but he put forth a completely opposite view, pointing out that the contraption did look "exactly like a [expletive] bomb."
Maher said there's no doubt that Mohamed is owed an apology and that authorities went too far in their response.
"Could we have a little perspective about this? Did the teacher really do the wrong thing?" Maher asked, adding that teachers should "err on the side of caution" in this day and age.
"What if it had been a bomb? So the teacher is supposed to see something that looks like a bomb and go, 'Oh wait, this just might be my white privilege talking? I sure don't want to be politically incorrect, so I'll just let it go?'" Maher asked.
On "Fox and Friends" this morning, author and scholar Dr. Zuhdi Jasser lamented the "selective outrage," calling for a social media campaign on behalf of people like Ali Mohammed al-Nimr.
Maher had also brought up al-Nimr, who was sentenced to death by crucifixion in Saudi Arabia. Al-Nimr was arrested three years ago, when he was 17, during a crackdown on anti-government protests.
"Our president needs to stop tweeting about these little victim-mongering episodes and pay attention to real Muslim heroes in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, where there are thousands of Muslims fighting for freedom that deserve the hashtag of the president," said Jasser.
Watch the debate above, featuring Jorge Ramos, Mark Cuban, Chris Matthews and George Pataki.